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Connect With Others In The #3DPrinting Community

Current users of allabout3Dprinting.com can now engage each other in more ways. Send personal messages, add friends and keep up with their activity, start or join various groups, engage in forum discussions, build a profile so others with similar interest can find you. Even though the new direct messaging and groups option have been added we have not done away with the chat room and quick chat features; the link has been moved under the “Community” menu at the top of our website. You can access all of the new social features by hovering over your username at the top right corner of the website while you are logged in.The new social features on A3DP integrate with social services you may already use such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. Visit the site to see all of the features! If you aren’t already a registered user of allabout3Dprinting.com, joining the site and being a part of the community is free (and always will be)!


#didyouknow About This Events Calendar Feature?

If you go to our Events Calendar and choose the ‘Add to Google’ option, 3D Printing events will automatically show up in your Google Calendar as we add them. This option shows up at the bottom of any single event, or at the bottom of the calendar page. You only need to do this once!

Try it out! http://allabout3dprinting.com/3d-printing-events-directory/


#didyouknow The Difference Between #CAD and #CAM Software

Cad_crank|http://i0.wp.com/allabout3dprinting.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Cad_crank.jpg?zoom=1.5&resize=470%2C140CAD (Computer Aided Design) software is the software you use to actually design your object. Engineers normally use CAD to design gears, motors, mechanisms, and other objects. Some architects use CAD to design buildings and other structures. The blueprint/design that you create with CAD is called a CAD or Design File. Any good CAD software will also incorporate CAE (Computer Aided Engineering software; CAE software is what tells the engineer what they designed will actually function the way it’s needed to and tells the architect whether their structure will collapse or not. Of course, many other professionals as well as hobbyist also benefit from CAD software.

CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software is the software that actually operates the machine you are using to manufacture with. For 3D Printers, if your 3D Printer came with its own software it is likely that it is either only CAM software or a combination of CAD and CAM software. If the manufacturer of your 3D Printer states that software comes with your Printer make sure the software will fit your needs so you can know if you need to invest in/find additional software.  Simply, CAD designs, CAE verifies, and CAM operates.

Happy Printing!



We have removed the old chat page and you know have access to 3D Printing Chat Rooms. A General Room has been added with more to follow. To help deter any possible abuse and protect our visitors you must Register … Continue reading


We are working on improving the Chat experience, thanks for your patience!  


Updated Post: What Is A #3DScanner?

What Is A 3D Scanner?


A 2D and 3D Scanner

Find Out More About 3D Scanners Here!

New Chat Feature On Our #3DPrinting Website!

Chat With Others In The 3D Printing Community!


We have enabled chatting on allabout3dprinting.com. You can now chat with others on the website and both visitors and registered users are free to use chat. You can start your own chat room by clicking the box next to each persons username or start a private chat by clicking on the actual name of a user within the chat window. You can also direct your message @ a specific user; for example, to speak directly with “quickchat” you can enter @quickchat in the user field. You can access chat either from the bottom right of the Home Page or through its dedicated full screen page here. A dedicated link to the chat page is also at the top of our website.


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